Simplified Speech 71 Quitting Jobs


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hello everyone welcome back to another edition of the Q lips English podcast today we have a simplified speech episode planned for you and if you're not familiar with our simplified speech series it's just a series where we have completely natural English conversations that are unscripted and unplanned but we speak a little bit slower than we do in our everyday lives and today I'm joined by Suzanne Suzanne hello how are you good Andrew how are you and I'm doing awesome and I'm really excited today because here where I live in South Korea the movie once upon a time in Hollywood the newest Quentin Tarantino movie right opening finally opening it's been well out in theaters in North America for like three or four months but yeah finally has arrived here in South Korea so I have tickets to go see it tonight and I've heard really good things about this movie and you know I love all of the actors in it Brad Pitt and Leo DiCaprio and the director Quentin Tarantino as well I'm a fan of so I'm excited to watch this movie this evening Wow so you snagged some tickets and it's the first weekend that it's opening it's the first sorry first opening weekend I guess yeah that's all we could say it's the I don't know if we have a special expression for this in English we just say it's the opening weekend right yeah yeah yeah or you could say the premiere weekend yes premiere weekends exactly I guess you know it takes a while to make the subtitles because they have to translate the script and as far as I know this is there's quite a lot of historical cultural references from the 70s in California that could be difficult to translate so I'm gonna be interested to see as I watched the movie what the subtitles are saying at the same time that's always fun yeah and is it with subtitles or dubbed I believe it will be subtitles usually here in Korea the only English movies that are dubbed into Korean are animated movies all of the real life movies always have subtitles so got it that's that's nice it's good for me because I can still go and watch it were dubbed then I don't think I would enjoy it I don't like dubbed movies at all I'm with you yeah but okay so Suzanne we have a different topic for today we're not gonna tell me about movies we're actually gonna talk about quitting jobs and this topic was suggested to us by one of our listeners named Wendy Santana Wendy Santana okay via YouTube so YouTube watcher watcher of the podcast and quitting jobs Wow I think we could have a lot to say about this topic but before we get into it we should remind all of our listeners that there is a study guide for this episodes and it's available on our website cubes calm it's awesome it's jam-packed with a lot of great things that we have put together to help you get the most out of your English Studies when you are studying along with this episode so there's a transcript inside there are detailed vocabulary definitions explanations and examples there's a quiz there are some prompts that you can use for writing practice or speaking practice and I think it's a great way to study with us so check that out on our website Hugh lips comm let's get into it quitting yeah jobs now I imagine you've quit a job once or twice in the past is is that a to say is that a safe assumption that is a safe assumption it is true I have quit a job or two in my time yeah and you Andrew have you yeah of course I've quit jobs before and I think when we think of this topic quitting jobs we think of like a person in a movie that's in a fit of rage I can't take it anymore I quit yeah but I've never really had that experience have you had that rage experience where you just walk out on a job no I've never had that experience I have had a few dramatic experiences okay my quitting was mostly in New York City when I was in like the you know service industry like waitressing or bartending and in those cases most of the time it was very fine and amicable you know you're just moving on you're there to be an actress and maybe you're your acting work is getting better so you're being an artist which was your whole dream so you you know quit in order to do that full-time mm-hmm but there were a few times that they were really scary and dramatic yeah actually I was really being at a restaurant yeah where the owner was a little scary he was a little emotional he got angry a lot he would throw plates well yeah he was kind of scary that is scary yeah one night he was throwing plates in the kitchen he was I think he must have been pretty drunk and he was angry and I got really scared mm-hmm because I had messed up something I think on a check and I thought he was I thought it was me but it turned out it wasn't about me but I thought it was so I was really young and I was scared it's like I grabbed my money after we counted our money and I ran out of there and I called from a pay phone because I didn't have a cell phone at the time I called from a pay phone to my friend who was a waiter there and I was like can you get my backpack I left it in the and there in the you know the coat check or whatever okay and he's like yeah he's like yeah don't just stay there he's like just I was like should I come back he's like no just stay there is he's crazy that guy is crazy so he brought my backpack we went out for drinks that night and I was like you know what I think I'm done I think I'm quitting so the next morning I called the office really early and I said I'm not coming in anymore and the lady there said I know that he's a little crazy I know that he can be a little rough to work for would you reconsider and I'm like nope I won't good call and so I I just said you know this guy seems a little bit unhinged a little dramatic and it's already in New York City so I decided to have less drama and I quit right there yeah I was so scared I was so nervous because when you say goodbye to a job it's like you hope to have something you know in line yeah but it's a bit for your next faith right yes yeah yeah that's really scary it seems like in the restaurant industry there's a lot of hotheads i I know when I was a university to I worked in several restaurants and I think it's because everybody is crammed in the back in the kitchen and it's really hot you have the stoves got going you have the the ovens going it's boiling hot and everybody's packed together and there's a pressure right you have to perform really well the food has to be delicious and it has to be prepared quickly and also like you mentioned you mix in the alcohol factor because in bars people are drinking too sometimes even the staff members so it's like a recipe for these kind of angry situations to happen yeah exactly can be can be scary for the employees I agree if you have a manager that's you know not being cool yeah yeah and how about you what jobs have you quit from and what did you say when you quit yeah well that's a good question I guess that I've quit pretty much every job that I've had up until now because that's good you were never how you move on yeah I've never been fired from a job that's true I've I've been in jobs where my contract hasn't been extended due to funding or things that were not related to my performance but just more of the economic situation but yeah I've never been fired per se so when I've quit jobs in the past the protocol in Canada is to always give two weeks notice this is the the common thing that is you know it's not like a law or anything but it's just kind of what we regard to be decent behavior it's like you want to give your employer two weeks notice so that they can find a replacement and usually we have to give that in writing so just so it's official and they can the company can give it to their HR department their human resources department so usually I would just write a letter and say oh thank you for the opportunity to work here I had a good experience but I am moving on to a different opportunity and as of this date I will no longer work for you anymore you just give that to your manager and it's always a little bit awkward right yeah when you're for sure yeah especially if you like the job and if you like the people that you work with and it can be difficult but yeah you give that letter to your manager your supervisor and that's it do you talk to the maybe do you give your manager or boss a heads-up before you give the official letter do you get any talk with them first just to give them a heads up you know about what's going on yeah I think in most of the situations where I've left jobs it's usually because of a different opportunity and it wasn't really an immediate opportunity something that just happened overnight it was like you know maybe I'd know six months in advance that I got accepted to this university and all of the people that I worked with knew that I was gonna move to a different city to attend that University for example okay so everybody knew that I was going anyways it was more of just a formality at that point so right yeah for the most part everybody knew in advance I'm trying to think particularly is it's funny now when I'm thinking about my work time in Canada you know I haven't really worked and lived in Canada for a while so it's yeah a bit of a foggy memory but yeah there were no surprises I will say though the one time that I did quit a job without any two weeks notice or without really being a decent human being in this situation was I believe I was in my last year of high school and I got a job at the fast food food restaurant subway I was a sandwich artist title yeah a sandwich artist but I only lasted in that job for one shift I did one shift and then I determined that it wasn't for me I didn't like the way that the customers were bossing me around and okay didn't like I didn't like really being in that situation I didn't want to make sandwiches so I quit that job after one shift and I think I just may be called the manager and said I'm not coming back or yeah maybe I didn't even do that maybe I just didn't even go back I can't really remember but I know that I was kind of a jerk I think because I was young and yeah I didn't really value that job very highly so I just didn't care so that's not the way that you should do things though when you quit a job though the proper way the way that I do things now is to write the official letter and give ya two weeks notice yeah that's that's true yeah I think that's a that's it I I don't think I've ever written a letter because most of my jobs have been performative so maybe I'll just have a meeting with my agents or something like that and be like ham when I was moving to Montreal I wrote them in email but I wrote I also came in and sat and had some wine and we talked and I was like I'm moving to Montreal I'm gonna be doing my masters and I'm going to be you know not in New York anymore so yeah yeah it's hard it's awkward and it's hard and I think one of the things additionally besides writing a letter is also thanking them and telling them what an honor it was a pleasure it was to share this time this you know working on these projects and collaborating with them and that the that something common to say at the end is to say and I hope our paths cross in the future that I yeah I hope some day that maybe we could work again to work together again in the future you know our paths cross or maybe at a conference or me you know in your case working at a university maybe at a conference or some sort of workshop you might see some of the same colleagues which is nice exactly so that's more for when you're more established in a career and especially if you have a good working relationship with your colleagues and your company yeah then you might want to use some of those expressions if you're a younger person or you're in an industry that you hate and you're fine with burning your bridges and you can kind of leave those things the next day and you say exactly no call no show is what we say right no no warning and no attendance yeah don't do that for like those big jobs do it more for the jobs that are well just don't do that maybe all the time yeah yeah I mean it's always nice to end things on a positive note with your employers because at least in Canada it's really important to get a reference letter from an employer so when you're applying for a new job the people that are hiring will ask you to submit some references so they want to talk to your previous employers and find out are you a good employee do you show up on time are you responsible all of these things and so it's good to have a good relationship I just mentioned this expression burn your bridges and you don't want to burn your bridges you don't want to destroy the connection that you have with your previous employers because this can be important for finding new job opportunities in the future too so as much as possible to keep things good keep things yes on the on the up up and up keep things on the clean keep things keep it keep it cute exactly I'm sorry that there was some squeaking in the background you might have heard that is one of our friends dogs that's staying with us everyone so sorry about the squeaks it's okay it's not Suzanne playing with a dog toy it's the dog playing with the dog all right well Suzanne I think we should quit this episode I think we should wrap it up here thank you again to Wendy for the episode suggestion guys keep these topic suggestions coming I think you all are much more creative than I am and I am very helped I'm very thankful when you suggest these topics because they're fun to do they're fun to talk about and if you would like to get in touch with us you can just send us an email our address is contact at Q lips comm and we're all over the place on social media - yes Suzanne yeah Facebook Facebook Twitter Instagram and YouTube and YouTube yay we're on YouTube so if you just search for the Q lips English podcast on your favorite social media sites you can find us that way and finally guys there is the study guide for this episode available on Q lips comm also on our website that's where you can find all of our previous episodes we have over 500 english lessons on the website so it's source for you to check out yeah 500 so that's pretty cool yeah all right well we'll wrap it up here thank you for listening and we'll be back soon with another Q loops episode we'll talk to you then bye bye guys you